Arab Israeli citizens in Nazarath, Israel created Orpheus, a nonprofit group, to promote classical music among the Arab population in part because the Israeli government has been neglecting music education among their Arab population. Orpheus hires music teachers, trains students, and produces classical music concerts. Producer: Ed Sweed (2006) Topic: israel
Professor Qustandi Shomali, Associate Professor, Doctorate in Communication & Information at Bethlehem University discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Producer: Ed Sweed (2004) Topics: israel, palestine
This 30 minute film, sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, is a vivid, compassionate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through the voices of Israeli and Palestinian citizens of diverse backgrounds, it reveals their hopes and fears and explores the issues that divide them. It also describes in a compelling way a broad common ground of yearning for peace, pointing the way toward a resolution of this tragic conflict that would meet the deepest needs of both societies. The... Topic: Israel Palestine Peace
An interview with Ghassan Andoni, co-founder and spokesperson of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Palestine. Andoni talks about his organization's non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation. He discusses the failure of the American and Israeli governments to properly investigate the death of ISM volunteer Rachel Corrie. Andoni provides an the recent Palestinian election, the uprising in Lebanon, and daily life in the Palestinian territories. (2005) Topics: election, israel, palestine
Head of the National Democratic Assembly political party, Azmi Bashara was born in Nazareth to Christian parents. He is a Palestinian and a citizen of Israel. He represents Israel's Palestinian minority in the Knesset. Bishara studies at Humboldt University in Germany, is head of the philosophy department at Bir Zeit University, and is senior researcher at the Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem. He was one of the founders of the National Democratic Assembly, or Balad. He describes himself as a... Topics: democratic party, israel, jesus, judaism, palestine
Jeff Halper is the Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House demolitions (ICAHD) and a Professor of Anthropology at Ben Gurion University. He has lived in Israel since 1973. Jeff has researched and written extensively on Israeli society and is the author of the book Between Redemption and Revival: the Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the nineteenth century. Jeff founded and directed Israel's Committee to Save the Ethiopian Jews. He has been active in the Israeli peace movement for many... Topics: anthropology, israel, judaism
Like most Americans, Alison Weir, the editor of a small-town newspaper in California, knew very little about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, other than what she had gleaned from the evening news or newspaper headlines. As a journalist, her attention was on issues much closer to home. Neither a muslim nor a jew, she nevertheless became more curious about the topic of the Palestinian uprising. And as she researched it, she became increasingly suspicious that the American media were not telling... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Israel, Palestine, Media, "If Americans Knew"
Sabeel, Arabic for "The Way", was founded by Liberation Theologist Naim Ateek, Episcopal Canon, Jerusalem, to reach out to Christians, Muslims and Jews struggling for peace in Palestine/Israel. Stating a 10-point process that articulates a Palestinian perspective, Dr. Ateek travels throughout the US to tell Americans what it will take to end the seemingly endless conundrum that has ravaged Palestinian society and become the root of much violence throughout the Middle East. Sabeel... Topic: Palestine, Jerusalem, Christian, Muslim, Peace, Israel
This three part production records a teach-in during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 2006, held in San Diego, Ca. Legal aspects of war and responsibility are discussed as is the current situation in Iraq. Producers: Ed Sweed and John Odam. Topic: Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, "Middle East", War
This documentary short film brings the viewer close to the conditions isolating Palestinians within their communities. It is filmed next to the separation barrier that Israel continues to build in the occupied Palestinian territories. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you. Visit www.alternatefocus.org for details. Terry Boulatta, mother, teacher and community activist, shows how the 27 foot high... Topic: Palestine, Israel, Settler, Abu Dis, Wall, Home Demolition
Each woman is from Palestine, Israel and Jerusalem. They each voice their perspective and influence with the Palestine / Israel dispute. Each shares stories on how they've personally experienced the woes of the war. In turn, they each have an enlightened and "wise" grip on how to resolve the issue. With stories of friends, violence and children, the intensity of each women's experience is mind-changing. Producer: Chelsea Eiben (2005) Topics: israel, palestine
The wall being constructed on the West Bank by the Israeli government is twenty-five feet high. Studded with guard towers and armaments, and encrusted with high-tech sensors, the wall cuts across the land, separating Palestinians from their own farms, their own neighbors, and from the Israeli settlements which have sprung up rapidly as a result of lavish subsidies from the Israeli government. Alternate Focus cameraman Rodney Devereux brings us face-to face with the wall and all its... Topics: israel, palestine
Universal Jurisdiction interviews three United States attorneys who explain how they and others are using American courts on behalf of Palestinian claimants to seek justice for alleged rights violations committed by Israeli officials in Palestine. Featuring interviews with: Maria LaHood of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Jamil Dakwar, cooperating human rights attorney; and Abdeen Jabara, civil rights lawyer and activist. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV,... Topic: Human rights, International Law, Dichter, Moshe Yaalon, Ariel Sharon, Doron Almog, Sabra, Shatila,...
The poignant testimony of Lynn Gras, an American nurse volunteer, who was giving training in neonatal intensive care in Palestinian hospitals under siege during the Israeli attacks on Gaza and Ramallah in May of 2003, forms the basis for this documentary. She describes the impact of the occupation on the physical and mental health of the Palestinian population, and the staff at the hospitals that she visited. We follow Lynn as she travels through the occupied territories, negotiating... Topics: israel, palestine
In June of 2004, the Presbyterian Church USA became the first major religious institution in America to take a step toward divesting from companies that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In an overwhelming 431 to 62 vote at their annual General Assembly meeting, the church approved a process called phased selective divestment. While the first opportunity to consider divesting from companies would not take place for another two years, the backlash against the church... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: israel, jesus, media, palestine
Though from very different backgrounds, the two Israeli soldiers in this two-part show have come to the same conclusion: yesh kevl (there is a limit). Ram Rahat immigated to Israel from Canda. Ishai Sagi was born and raised in a kabuttz. These two soldiers are among 500 Israeli reserve officers who have signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied territories-refusing to perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence beween Israelis and Palestinians. They speak to an audience of decidely... Topics: israel, military, palestine
Professor Salman H. Abu-Sitta of the London-based Palestine Land Society gives a personal account of how he became a refugee in Palestine in 1948. Using data from his research, Abu-Sitta shows how over 600 Palestinian villages were systematically depopulated by the advancing Israeli forces, leaving many others dismembered by an arbitrary cease-fire line. With maps and demographic statistics, Abu-Sitta shows that, in effect, Zionist policies were an ethnic cleasing campaign that resulted in a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Palestine, Israel, geography, history, zionism
A searing interview with Avichai Sharon and Noam Chayut, both veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces and members of Breaking the Silence. Sharon and Chayut served during the second intifada, an on-going bloodbath that has claimed the lives of over three thousand Palestinians and nine-hundred-fifty Israelis. After thorough introspection, these young men have chosen to speak out about their experiences as self-described "brutal occupiers of a disputed land." Producer: Sat Gwin Topics: Israel, Palestine, IDF, Occupation, Breaking the Silence, Alternate Focus
Universal Justice interviews three United States attorneys who explain how they and others are using American courts on behalf of Palestinian claimants to seek justice for alleged rights violations committed by Israeli officials in Palestine. Featuring interviews with: Maria Lahoud of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Jamil Dakwar, Cooperating Human Rights Attorney; and Abdeen Jabara, Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist. Producer: Noura Erekat favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: "Universal Jurisdiction", Israel, Palestine, "human rights"
A documentary filmed in late 2005 that brings the viewer close to the living conditions and unresolved problems for Palestinian refugees in the Lebanon camps. Viewers see the camps with a focus on the issues of health, unemployment, education and the cultural memory of this community of refugees expelled in 1948 and 1967 from their homes in historic Palestine. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you.... Topics: Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Refugee, Camp, 1948, 1967, Middle East, Alternate Focus
The land known as the Holy Land has been the locus of three of the world's principal religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and a contested area since 1200BC. The original inhabitants, the Canaanites and Philistines, were conquered in 1000BC by the Jews who remained sovereign for about 280 years. For the next 1500 years a series of conquests and occupations left a residual Jewish population in the area of less than 20%, the rest being predominantly Moslem and Christian Arabs. In this three... Topics: islam, israel, jesus, judaism, middle east, military, palestine